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Since an appeals court this year struck down a National Labor Relations Board diktat compelling businesses to promote union membership via recruitment posters, it stands to reason — even for the governmentally challenged — that the recipients of federal contracts shouldn't be forced to abide by the same rejected rule.

That's the argument from the National Association of Manufacturers and the Virginia Manufacturers Association, which have filed a lawsuit challenging a Labor Department regulation forcing these employers to display posters that detail workers' rights to unionize. The rule applies to federal contractors and subcontractors, which employ about 22 percent of the workforce, the AP reports.

What part of “coerced speech,” as flagged by the court, do these cats not understand?

Private businesses have Barack Obama to thank for this. Among his first-term executive orders was the poster rule, ultimately issued by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, in May 2010, reports

“The courts have already ruled that these posters ... extend beyond the intent of the National Labor Relations Act,” said Linda Kelly, NAM's senior vice president and general counsel.

Sadly, forcing businesses that receive federal contracts to comply, despite the court ruling, isn't surprising for an administration that has no qualms about making up the rules at it goes along.

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